Queen In Hyun’s Man Korean Drama Review

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

Queen In Hyun’s Man is about a man from the Joseon era who gets transported to present day Seoul and falls for an actress there.  Using his knowledge of the future, he begins to change the past, but with that comes unexpected consequences.

Queen In Hyun’s Man is a drama I have been looking forward to checking out for a long time. It’s one of those dramas that has remained extremely popular among fans, and pretty much everything you read about it is extremely positive.

Now I did actually like the drama and found it to be an enjoyable experience, but I just didn’t love it. I never got attached to the story or the characters. And as of writing this, I just still can’t figure out what everyone else in dramaland saw in this drama that made it so beloved. But let’s look at some of the good stuff first.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun WooJi Hyun Woo is pretty adorable as our leading man Kim Boong Do. He’s about as nice a guy as you could hope to have with this boyish smile that just made him very charming. He goes through a whole lot to be with his girl, and it’s easy to see why she would so easily fall for such a great guy.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Yoo In Na

Yoo In Na is also wonderful as our leading lady Choi Hee Jin. She’s animated and full of spunk with a gorgeous smile to make Boong Do fall for her. I’ve been wanting to see Yoo In Na in a leading role for a very long time, and she didn’t disappoint.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

Boong Do and Hee Jin as a couple are about as cute as can be. They have amazing chemistry pretty much right from the get go. There are an abundance sweet couple moments and playful fun. Fans will also like the “real” kisses between this lovely pair. They have to be the main reason that so many drama fans are crazy in love with this drama.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Kim Jin Woo

I also really like the second male lead Dong Min (Kim Jin Woo). He’s immature and completely full of himself, but I found him quite hilarious with a charm of his own. He was very entertaining for most of the drama, but I didn’t love the direction his character goes in towards the end.

This drama has an excellent soundtrack too! I think that’s what made a lot of the slower parts more enjoyable. I just loved the mix of traditional and modern music featuring the gayegeum. So beautiful!

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo

Now onto some of my issues with the drama. I’ve had a hard time really putting my finger on why I didn’t love it, but I’ll try. First a minor one, I was really disappointed that Boong Do adapted to coming to the future so quickly.

One of my favorite things about time travel dramas is watching someone have to adjust to their surroundings, preferably in a humorous way. But Boong Do is about as calm and collected as they come. There were a few funnies, but for the most part, he got accustomed to the modern setting relatively easily.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Yoo In Na Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo

Now a bigger issue was that it really was a slow cooker for me. It took about 6 episodes for me to even start feeling the drama at all. Not that it was bad up until that point, just slow. Things slowly improved from this point on with each episode getting a little bit better, but even then it just never felt like much was going on with the story.

I’ve also learned that apparently I prefer modern dramas from this writer. I loved Nine: Nine Time Travels a lot. I disliked Three Musketeers. And concerning Queen In Hyun’s Man, I didn’t care much for the Joseon era scenes and much preferred the modern setting. In both cases, the Joseon settings just lacked intensity for me.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

And because the drama was set in two time periods, I was never able to really settle in to either time period. Neither of them felt completely fleshed out. Another consequence of this issue was that I didn’t feel the main couple had enough screen time together because of the separation. Any time they are together is completely golden, but especially in the first half of the drama, they spend so much time apart.

The only other drama I have really had a similar experience with was Mask. That one also took a while to get into it and each episode got just a little bit better than the previous. By the last few episodes, I was really enjoying it. But I never really connected with the characters in Mask. Same in Queen In Hyun’s Man. Which I still find odd since I loved the couple both separately and together. Mostly I think it was because there just wan’t enough story to make me invested until the end, but that connection did finally emerge.


Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

So now onto the awesome last four episodes! They were the best of the bunch by far. I felt like there was a lot more story and the intensity really ramped up as Boong Do and Hee Jin have to deal with a lot of heartache and life and death stakes.

They deal with some difficult separations with Boong Do getting stuck in the past. And when he is finally able to return, they seem to get their happy ending. But then he is ripped away again in a very emotional scene that leaves Hee Jin completely devastated.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo

Then he makes the decision to destroy the time traveling protection talisman in hopes that Hee Jin will forget about him and be able to live a happy life. Such a moving and heartbreaking scene.

Hee Jin does forget about him, but is left empty. Boong Do still remembers and watches as his life falls apart around him. Things become so bad that he even decides to end his own life.

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Yoo In Na Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo

But despite her mind not remembering Boong Do, Hee Jin’s heart does. And that eventually allows her to recover her memories and reach out to Boong Do. Fate also intervenes allowing her phone call to him to cross time and reach him in the past.

That one phone call saves his life and ends up pulling him back to the future permanently. The two reunite in an emotional reunion and finally get their true happy ending. Now that’s the kind of stuff I love!

Queen In Hyun's Man Korean Drama - Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

So overall, I enjoyed Queen In Hyun’s Man quite well. While I didn’t fall in love with it like most of dramaland, it was a really great watch. Yes, it had some issues for me, but it also had a lot going for it. The main couple was as adorable as can be with both Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na each bringing their own individual charisma to the drama. They really brought this drama to life and especially gave me a very memorable and impactful ending that really highlighted this love story.

My Rating: 7/10

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9 Responses to Queen In Hyun’s Man Korean Drama Review

  1. joybran2015 says:

    This is my all time favorite drama, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve rewatched it, so I’m sorry that you didn’t totally love it. That just goes to show that dramas touch each of us in different ways. No matter how similar people’s tastes may be, you never know what is going to totally capture any one person’s heart.

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    • Kay says:

      I do know you have a lot of love for this drama 🙂 Hopefully, you didn’t find the review too off-putting. I’m always a little nervous saying anything negative about the more “classic” popular dramas. But there were a lot of things I really liked, and those things I did like were enough to give it a pretty solid 7. This one was a little easier though since I did actually like it overall (unlike my not so great experiences with a couple other popular dramas, hehe).

      And yes, I still find it so fascinating how dramas can affect people so differently. For example, a drama like Entertainer completely captured my heart on so many levels. But many people just saw an under-utilized Ji Sung, a so-so Hyeri, and a lack of chemistry between the leads that led to a more negative view of the drama. And while part of me can understand what they are saying, I never experienced any of those things. So it’s always interesting to see what speaks to people 🙂


      • joybran2015 says:

        Your review was not off-putting at all. Liked but didn’t love is a very common experience with many popular dramas. That is how I felt about Entertainer. What is hard is when you can’t manage to even finish a drama that many people raved about.

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        • Kay says:

          Yeah, liked but didn’t love is a pretty common reaction. And definitely better than outright disliking a popular drama. Luckily, there’s only a couple popular dramas I actually disliked. I may not always love all of the popular dramas, but I usually tend to like them 🙂

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  3. Kate says:

    Gosh, now you’ve got me really confused! I just finished Goong and started this one last night because it’s on so many “must watch” lists but I didn’t feel it right away which is very common for me and doesn’t say much. I figured I’d read your review to see if worth putting in the time but the last one I watched was soooo slow that I really don’t feel like watching another slow one that seems uneven and that will take time to get into. Ah well, I might just put it on a shelf for another day and try something else. It’s not like there aren’t other choices 😉

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    • Kay says:

      Oh no, I hate feeling confused when it comes to dramas! lol I’ve been in that kind of mood too where I just don’t want to deal with something slow, and I want to be grabbed pretty early on. This drama is definitely kind of hard to advise on. What I know is that most people absolutely love it, and I have seen very few negative things said about it. The main couple are certainly something to get excited about and it really is a “grand” sort of fated romance. But then there were just those things that I found a bit slow and un-engaging.

      I even had quite a hard time pinning down my thoughts on it since I felt a couple very distinct ways about it. Maybe try another 2 eps? You would probably know if you like the tone and couple by that point. But I definitely found it to be a slow cooker. It did get better as it went and the last 4 eps were really great. All that slowness dampened the overall experience though. But you are right, there certainly isn’t a shortage of other dramas to choose from if you want to move on to something that grabs you fast 🙂

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      • Kate says:

        Just finished this one last night and had to update! LOVED it! It took me 5 episodes in to warm up to it and start caring – as with so many others, glad I stuck with it. It was one of the best written kdramas I’ve seen. I didn’t find it draggy but it also didn’t grab me the way my favorite series’ do – probably for the same reasons you suggested. I was able to watch an episode or 2 a night and turn to something else but I made sure to leave time to binge watch the final 3 based on your review and I’m glad I did! Thanks for the tip 🙂

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        • Kay says:

          Oh good! I’m glad you ended up pushing forward to get to the good stuff 🙂 This one does take a while to get invested in for sure. Even though I found it draggy at times, I was glad I hung in, especially for those awesome last episodes. They gave me what I was hoping for from the drama and left me with a good impression despite the shortcomings. I’m glad you made it to those and had a positive experience too!

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